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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program

Grants to North Dakota Health Organizations to Promote
Physical Activity and Wellness in Rural Communities

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation and University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Center for Rural Health (CRH)

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Deadline Date:

01/08/20 5:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to North Dakota health organizations serving rural areas to improve the health and well-being of area residents. Funding is intended to support physical activity and wellness through programs, events, and related supply and equipment purchases.

The purpose of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program is to to serve and show benefit to rural North Dakotans and their health needs, transform their health and well-being, and raise awareness for the need for all ages to engage in more daily, physical activity and overall wellness. 

BCBSND Caring Foundation seeks to support providers – a provider is defined as a health care entity that provides services to patients – (ex. hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, public health units, mental health facilities, dental clinics, tribal health facilities, home health agencies, pharmacies, EMS units and other related health organizations) and their communities by offering grants that stimulate new thinking around providers championing physical activity and wellness programs. 

The Foundation seeks projects that demonstrate collaborative efforts involving rural providers and their communities to support physical activity and wellness for all ages. Some examples of possible activities and programs include:

  • Sponsoring a community race, walk, or biking event
  • Providing athletic equipment for a playground, park, school, or daycare
  • Creating a worksite wellness program for its own employees
  • Repurposing a rehabilitation center to a community training center or workout facility
  • Supporting or sponsoring a workshop that focuses on health promotion and physical activity.

Equipment acquisitions are permitted.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149104

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that 8-16 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $2,500 to $5,000. The committee will consider grants of greater amount if an applicant is applying on behalf of a network of health care facilities.

Term of Contract:

The time frame for implementing the individual grants will be 12 months, with a funding period of (February 14, 2020 – February 15, 2021).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- For purposes of implementing the activities described in the proposal, single healthcare entities or a network (informal/formal) can involve a variety of organizations, but not necessarily limited to, the following: hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, public health units, mental health facilities, dental clinics, tribal health facilities, home health agencies, pharmacies, EMS units, and other appropriate health organizations.

- The lead applicant on the proposal must be a provider (a provider is defined as a health care facility – hospital, clinic, public health unit, etc.).

- Both established and/or new partnerships/networks are strongly encouraged.

- The applicant may form a network with organizations that are public or private, for-profit or nonprofit.

- The applicant may be located in an urban or rural area in North Dakota; however, the true benefit of the proposed project and its outcomes must accrue to rural North Dakota residents and communities. For purposes of this program, rural is defined as any geographic area outside of the cities of Minot, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Fargo. A majority of the grant funds must be expended either in a rural area or in a manner that has direct impact on the rural service area.

- Grant awards will be made to one organization (the applicant). The applicant represents either itself in a solo proposal or an entire partnership under a network proposal. That organization must be capable of receiving and administering grant funds. (If the proposal involves a network, the applicant is responsible for distributing any funds to the partners listed for their areas of responsibility.)

Funds cannot be used for independent projects sponsored by individual members

Pre-proposal Conference:

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00-10: 30 am CST, a technical assistance conference call will be held for interested applicants.

Call in number: 1-866-809-4014
Passcode: 7776782#

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received via email, no later than 5:00 pm CST Wednesday, January 8, 2020 (no exceptions will be made) Faxed and/or mail submitted applications will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

- Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00-10:30am CST Technical assistance conference call f
- Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Proposals must be received via email by 5:00 pm CST
- Friday, January 31, 2020 Notification of awards
- Friday, August 14, 2020 Interim Report due
- Monday, February 15, 2021 Project must be completed, Final Report submitted, and funds expended

Applicants may include more than one activity or program in their proposal.

Cost participation (e.g. in-kind, physical space, etc.) is strongly encouraged.

Funds will be awarded to grantees on a cost reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications via email - clearly marked UND RFP BC-2020- to:

Shawn Larson, Project Coordinator
Center for Rural Health, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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